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Toward the Terra (Anime Legends Collection)

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Earth, no longer able to sustain life due to the rapid development of human civilization, was abandoned. Leaving Terra behind, mankind set out in search of new planetary systems to inhabit. With this cause in mind a new unified government was formed and dubbed the Superior Domination. Now spread across the cosmos, humanity lives in peace, their lives dictated by Superior Domination's computers. Jomy, a young man fast approaching his fourteenth birthday, stands at the brink of his adult life. On the day of his adulthood exam, his mind races with the remnants of dreams that haunt him in the dead of sleep. Mu, a word unheard amongst the denizens of the human systems, plays upon his lips. Abilities previously unknown soon manifest within, and Jomy's race towards adulthood becomes frenzied fleeing from the powers that be and toward the Terra.

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KLALBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kellyannl on April 26, 2010
Toward the Terra is a space opera capable of netting a much broader audience than it sadly seems to have so far - a shounen series with a shoujo sensibility, with a tearjerk factor that almost gives Les Miserables a run for it's money, a political tone not unlike Orwell's 1984, and with it's anti-mutant hysteria a perfect entrance to anime for fans of the X-Men franchise.

Jomy Shin is a young man completing his childhood in a world where children are taken from their parents at birth and fostered out so as not to form family ties, the process further enforced at adulthood by a memory wipe courtesy of the Big-Brother like supercomputer "Grandmother" so that the brain can focus on one's career to better serve the system. This, Jomy knows. What he doesn't know is that he is a Mu - a member of a group of humans with telekenetic powers and an abnormally long lifespan who are killed upon detection. The statistics are grim: in the entire course of the series only one Mu is revealed to have avoided detection past the critical adulthood examination.

Fortunately for Jomy, he is rescued by the Mu leader, who goes by the rather cheesy name of Soldier Blue. The cheesiness ends with Blue's name, however, as he goes into a coma having reached his limit after asking Jomy - who in spite of his inexperience is the most powerful Mu in existence - to be his successor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Redcrest on November 22, 2010
This beautifully animated 2007 adaptation of Keiko Takemiya's revered 1979 manga "To Terra..." really does the original work justice. It keeps the original beauty and flavor of Takemiya's classical shoujo manga character designs but updates it (along with spiffy fight scenes and mechanical animation by Production I.G., the studio who brought us Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Moribito) to appeal to a modern-day audience, and follows the complex, powerful original story much closer than the 1980's film adaptation.

The series follows the separate but interwoven life stories of two young men whose lives will span the length of the universe and change the very destiny of humankind for good. One of these two is our hero, a 14-year-old boy named Jomy Marquis Shin, who lives in an utopian/dystopian society on an earth-like planet far in the distant future, when humans have been forced to abandon earth (called "Terra" here) after it becomes too polluted and toxic to sustain life. To prevent humans from indulging their greed and repeating their mistakes, a computer AI-run system called the Superior Domination System, has been tasked with ruling human society, and has set down laws that will prevent humans from straying from the machine-like sentiments of SD System's rule.

All children are conceived and genetically perfected in labs, then given to married couples to raise until the child turns 14, at which time they are put through an "adult examination" that (unbeknownst to society) erases/dulls the child's memories of his parents in order to make him easier to mold into the sort of perfect soldier/cog-in-the-wheel who will blindly serve the SD System.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RavenRing on February 21, 2012
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In some far off future, humanity was forced to abandon Terra (Earth) after destroying it through their abuse of the planet. Hundreds of years later, humanity dreams of returning to blue Terra one day, but they are not alone in this dream. A small part of humanity has evolved to the next level. This new race, called the 'Mu', fights to prevent their extinction at the hands of their human counterparts, and they dream of the promised land... of Terra.

This is one of these series that found its way onto my 'To Watch' list years ago for reasons I can't remember. I couldn't remember why I wanted to see this show, and I didn't bother to read the synopsis or anything before getting started (rare for me), so I had no expectations. It was a Sci-Fi show with a couple of bishonen on the front. That was pretty much all I had to go on. So I was both surprised and very pleased when it turned out to be good. Very good, in my humble opinion.

The interesting thing about this show is that it is really about the Mu as a race. There is a main character, several secondary characters, and a bunch of supporting characters, but the whole story focuses on the Mu and their fight for recognition as a species. It takes place over a period of years, which is a nice break from average-teenage-boy-discovers-amazing-powers-and-saves-the-world-three-days-later. That's another great thing - Jomy's (teenage boy who discovers amazing powers :) purpose isn't to get amazingly strong to beat the enemy, rather his role is to learn the wisdom necessary in order to guide his people to Terra. It is a goal I admire much more than endless training to become stronger (you can tell I've been watching too many shonen shows can't you?)

I really liked the story. I liked the way it was told.
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